When should I call my doctor if I am taking Nardil?

If you are taking the antidepressant medication Nardil (phenelzine), you should call the doctor for the following reasons:
  • You want to stop taking the medicine. You shouldn't go off Nardil without consulting your doctor, because stopping suddenly may cause potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may want to reduce your dose of Nardil gradually to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
  • You have found out you are pregnant or want to become pregnant. Experts are not sure if Nardil is safe to take during pregnancy, but animal studies suggest the drug may harm a developing fetus or cause growth problems in children exposed to it during pregnancy. You and your doctor will need to weigh the potential benefit of taking Nardil against the potential risk to your developing fetus. 
  • You are considering starting another drug or supplement. Nardil can interact with certain other drugs or supplements, which may cause serious side effects. (Before you go on Nardil, you should give your doctor a list of all your medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, and supplements.)  
  • You have been diagnosed with another physical or mental health condition. Nardil may not be safe to take if you have problems with your liver, heart or kidneys, or if you have bipolar disorder or another mental or physical health problem. 
  • You need to have surgery, even dental surgery.
One of the most important reasons to call your doctor when you are taking Nardil is if you experience side effects from the drug. Most side effects are mild and improve as treatment continues, but you should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
  • sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior, including new or worsened depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or attempts, aggressiveness, restlessness or trouble sleeping
  • signs of allergic reaction, including skin itching or hives, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or swelling of face, hands, mouth or throat
  • eye pain, vision changes or sensitivity to bright light
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fast, slow or pounding heartbeat
  • fevers, chills, sweating, sore throat or body aches
  • headaches, especially in the back of your head
  • problems urinating
  • yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes
  • stiff or sore neck
  • seizures or tremors

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